A popular win for Becca Anderson in the URC Sprint Cars A first visit in the winner's circle for Martin GagnÃ© and FranÃ§ois Beckted at Autodrome Granby GRANBY, QuÃ©., July 28, 2001 -- Martin GagnÃ© in the Modified division and FranÃ§ois ...
A popular win for Becca Anderson in the URC Sprint Cars
A first visit in the winner's circle for Martin Gagné and François Beckted at Autodrome Granby
GRANBY, Qué., July 28, 2001 -- Martin Gagné in the Modified division and François Becksted in Sportsman took advantage of a record crowd for the URC Sprint Cars' visit, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, to clinch their first career victory in their respective divisions. Also, Becca Anderson had an excellent performance before those fans to register her first victory of the season. In the Sprint Cars we were given a nice surprise. Local ESS driver, Alain Bergeron was present for that night like Mike Woodring, the ESS champion and a very popular driver at Granby due to his performances.
The 30-lap feature for the Modified division was very exciting till Martin Gagné crossed the finish line to take his first win. Third on the starting grid, the Marcel Lamer's driver, exchanged the first spot all race long with Gino Clair. Those two were side-by-side during the entire feature and it's only when they crossed the line that fans were able to find out the winner.
Since the beginning of the season, Gagné had always finished in the top ten. He never gave up and his hard work combined to his team efforts, finally paid up. As for Claude Brouillard and Réal Lafrance, the two challengers for the Carquest Auto Parts season championship, they followed Gagné and Clair at the finish line. Tenth and twelfth on the starting grid, they were slowed in their ascension by slower cars in the first half of the race. Carl Labonté, who was third during many laps, was the sixth driver to take the checkered flag just behind Clément Therrien.
Earlier, in the evening, Gino Clair and Kayle Robidoux were the winners in their respective heats.
Dream night for François Becksted in the Sportsman division for which 21 drivers showed up for the evening. After winning the sole heat race, Becksted went on to do the same in the 12-lap feature. A very hard working driver with a low budget, Becksted took advantage of three early restarts in the beginning to take the lead and finally make a first appearance in the winner's circle.
Nineteenth at the start, Alain Mathieu, the points' leader, made his way up front. Behind Becksted, Mathieu was closing the gap but it was too late in the race. Brodeur finished third but was later disqualified after the technical inspection.
In the Late Model division, Normand Voghell was the winner. His victims were Yannick Ledoux and Richard Bertrand while in the 4 Cylinders, Patrick Dupont had the best on Yves Beaupré and Benoit Courchesne.
A nice comeback
After being involved in a spectacular roll-over last year, Becca Anderson made her comeback at Autodrome Granby by winning the 25-lap URC Sprint Cars feature. Second at the start, Becca Anderson was able to take the lead on lap 4 from Scott Pursell. After, she had no problem whatsoever to manage with heavy traffic, but with a lap remaining, the first yellow flag of race came down. During her lead, Kramer Williamson who was sitting eleventh on the grid, was able to get near Anderson. At this very moment, all the fans were thinking that Becca Anderson would have to concede the victory to Williamson. But it never happened. At the restart, she was faster than the veteran driver who had to settle for a second place finish in front of Doug Emery and Mike Woodring who started in the 19th spot.
As far as Alain Bergeron is concerned, mechanical problems forced him to follow the pace in the back of the pack.